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  1. #1
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    May 2011

    Default Non-Chemical?

    Hi, Some days ago, i read about a canadian beekeeper who used onion to fight against varoa. is there any other vegetables or fruits which can be used in beekeeping?

  2. #2
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    Oct 2004
    Lyons, CO

    Default Re: Non-Chemical?

    Sure, hundreds! Use anything you like! Their actual efficacy is another matter however. There are all kinds of stories out there about momily magic bullets, several that seem plausible but are unproven, but really the current fight against varroa is pretty well studied. And I'm afraid onions haven't yet made the cut (har har).

    Now if you're looking for "soft" treatments, we all need to reconsider the word "chemical". It doesn't really have an objective definition in this sense, but if often used pejoratively by people looking to avoid synthetic miticides. Thymol for example (several commercial anti-varroa products) is just essential oil of thyme. Chemical? Technically, but so is water . Organic? Yep, and effective too.

    Consider learning about Integrated Pest Management; it's what sustainable beekeeping (and indeed sustaiable agriculture) is all about. You'll be able to try what methods seem doable to you, and evaluate for yourself their effectiveness. But use things that either have been tried and prove, might plausibly have a mechanism for working, or just seem interesting (but be prepared to lose a lot of bees). There are lots of mechanical, cultural, genetic, soft-treatment and other methods to try before giving up eggplant because your bees need it .
    Bees, brews and fun
    in Lyons, CO

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Brown County, IN

    Default Re: Non-Chemical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Brewcat View Post
    Sure, hundreds! Use anything you like! Their actual efficacy is another matter however.
    I've read about the onion treatment, the garlic treatment, even the cow urine treatment, and as Ben notes, they're specious and unproven. Ben gives good advice: learn about IPM and do things which have some scientific validity.


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